At SMU, I teach survey courses on early African history (every fall) and modern African history (every spring) as well as an upper level course on South Africa (usually in fall). I also teach the department’s junior research seminar on apartheid in South Africa and seminars on oral history.

Oral Sources in African History:

Students from the 2017 Oral Sources in African History course work with Joan Gosnell in SMU’s DeGolyer Library to access materials on campus efforts against apartheid.

In my 2017 seminar, ten of our graduate and undergraduate students undertook archival research on the local anti-apartheid movement and did oral history interviews with DFW activists who sought to implement local sanctions against South Africa. Their interviews, biographies, and related essays and documents are available on the The Anti-Apartheid Movement in North Texas project page.

History of South Africa:

Between 2012 and 2017, students in this course participated in “virtual internships” with the non-profit South African History Online (SAHO). SAHO is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote history and the arts and to address the inequalities in South African written history. SAHO involves heritage and academic institutions as well as ordinary South Africans in rewriting South African history and in that way contribute to reconciliation, the building of a common humanity and a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.

Students held biweekly skype meetings with South African SAHO team members to research and write encyclopedia entries for the SAHO webpage and for their final project.

SMU students in History of South Africa ready to skype with SAHO’s Omar Badsha, 2012

2020 Student Entries on women in prison.

2017 Student Entries on deaths in detention.

2016 Student Entries on South African artists in exile.

2014 Student Entries on women in South African history.

2013 Student Entries on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and other items relating to 20 years of democracy in South Africa.

2012 Student Entries on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


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